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Take screen captures using Snagit 12

TechSmith Snagit 12 is an industry-leading screen capture tool available on all the computers in Siceluff 331. While you can take captures using the Windows keyboard shortcuts or the Snipping Tool, Snagit automates much of the process and sends images into an integrated editor, Snagit Editor 12, for further processing or annotations. While Snagit offers a variety of captures types, this document covers the most common types and those discussed in course discussions or video.

Snagit 12 is not the most recent version of the application. If you’re working from your own computer, you can still download the 15-day trial version, however, of you would like to use the version we have available in our lab. TechSmith also offers 15-day trials of the current versions: Snagit 13 for Windows and Snagit 4 for Mac by visiting the TechSmith Snagit webpage. You can read my instructions over taking captures in Snagit 13 for Windows or Snagit 4 for Mac, if you’re interested.

To stop OneDrive from taking over the Print Screen shortcut

The computers in Siceluff 331 don't have OneDrive installed, so you don't need to complete these steps if you're working from a campus workstation. If you install the trial version on your computer, however, and you have OneDrive installed, you will need to prevent OneDrive from taking the Print Screen key from Snagit.

  1. In the notification area of the taskbar, click Show hidden icons Show hidden icons button, right-click the OneDrive icon OneDrive notification icon, and then click Settings.
  2. On the Auto Save tab, under Screeshots, clear the Automatically save screenshots I capture to OneDrive check box.
  3. Click OK.

To open Snagit 12

  1. Click the Start button, and then type Snagit.
  2. At the top of the start menu, click Snagit 12.

You can tell that Snagit is running if you see the Snagit Capture Window (see the image below) docked to the top of the screen or if the Snagit icon Snagit notification icon appears in the notification area.

Snagit 12 Capture Window

To take different types captures

To take a capture of… Do this…
The entire screen, including the desktop Press Print Screen, click the Fullscreen button, and then click Capture Image Capture Image button.
The current window or dialog box Press Print Screen, click within the active title bar for the item you want to capture, and then click Capture Image Capture Image button.
Part of the current window or dialog box Press Print Screen, point to and click the segment you would like to capture, and then click Capture Image Capture Image button.
A rectangular area Press Print Screen, and then using the magnifier feature, drag a rectangle around the area of the screen you want to capture. Make any desired adjustments to the capture area, and then click Capture Image Capture Image button.
A button from a Windows application If you have created an Object profile, press Ctrl+Print Screen (or whatever hotkey you assigned), point to the button you want to capture. When the yellow marquee surrounds your selection, click inside the button icon.
A cursor within a window, dialog box, menu, or area of the screen If you have created an Image with Cursor profile, position the cursor or pointer where you would like to capture it. Press Shift+Print Screen, and then finish taking the capture based on the type of capture you desire.

 

To take video captures

  1. Follow the instructions in the table above based on the type of capture you want to take, but click Capture Video Capture Video button instead of Capture Image.
  2. After the 3-second countdown timer appears, perform whatever actions you want to show in the video.
  3. To stop the capture, click Finish recording.

To create a profile for capturing individual buttons from a Windows application

  1. Point to the Snagit Capture Window docked at the top of the screen, and then click Manage Profiles.
  2. In the Manage Profiles window, click New Profile.
  3. Make sure Untitled is selected, type Object as the name of the new profile, and then press Enter.
  4. In the Selection list, point to Advanced, and then click Object.
  5. Click Hotkey, and then using the options under Select capture key, create a shortcut for the Object capture. (In class, I used Ctrl+Print Screen.)
  6. Click OK.
  7. Click Save.

To create a profile for including the cursor in screen captures

  1. Point to the Snagit Capture Window docked at the top of the screen, and then click Manage Profiles.
  2. In the Manage Profiles window, click New Profile.
  3. Make sure Untitled is selected, type Image with Cursor as the name of the new profile, and then press Enter.
  4. Make sure the Selection list shows All-in-One.
  5. Under Options, click the Cursor button.
  6. Click Hotkey, and then using the options under Select capture key, create a shortcut for the Image with Cursor capture. (In class, I used Shift+Print Screen.)
  7. Click OK.
  8. Click Save.

To import your profiles from class

  1. Point to the Snagit Capture Window docked at the top of the screen, and then click Manage Profiles.
  2. In the Manage Profiles window, on the File menu, click Import Profiles.
  3. Navigate on your USB flash drive to the location where you saved your Snagit profiles during class.
  4. Click All Profiles.snagprof, select the Hotkeys check box, and then click Import.
  5. In the Import Group dialog box, click Merge All.
  6. When the "Capture Profiles" already exists message appears, click Skip.
  7. Click Skip for the Time-Saving Profiles and Scrolling Profiles.
  8. When the "My Profiles" already exists message appears, click Merge.

To download and use my profiles

  1. Download the Object profile and the Image with cursor profile from my website.
  2. Point to the Snagit Capture Window docked at the top of the screen, and then click Manage Profiles.
  3. Under My Profiles, right-click an empty area of the screen, and then click Import Profiles.
  4. Navigate to the location where you saved the downloaded profiles (such as the Downloads folder).
  5. Click a profile you want to import (such as Object.snagprof), select the Hotkeys check box, and then click Import.
  6. In the Select Group dialog box, click My Profiles, and then click OK.
  7. Follow steps 3 through 6 to import any additional profiles (such as Image with Cursor.snagprof).